by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Have we finally found some stability at tight end? While there’s a clear elite class, that next set of trustworthy options may finally be coming into focus… At least that’s what we have to hope, as players like Evan Engram, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and others start to find at least a little consistency in their performance. Can they continue it in Week 7? Who are the trustworthy options? Let’s take a look:
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Atlanta
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at New York Giants
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Seattle
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Baltimore
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at New England
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – at Miami
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
- Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans
- Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Buffalo
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Dallas
- Ben Watson – Baltimore Ravens – at Minnesota
- Ed Dickson – Carolina Panthers – at Chicago
- Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – vs. Carolina
- The Seattle Seahawks do a good job against opposing tight ends, but Giants’ rookie Evan Engram is going to be among the most targeted tight ends each week. He’s coming off a day where he was targeted 7 times, despite limited passing attempts, and given the state of the receiving corps there’s little reason to believe the number will shrink (even when everyone was healthy he would routinely see 7+ targets). Opportunity is half the battle, and Engram is going to get it and has shown an ability to make something of it (24 receptions, 282 yards, 2 TD).
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been targeted 19 times over the past two weeks, finding the end zone in each game (and it’s easy to argue that he should’ve had 2 TD in Week 6 after a perplexing call took one away). The yardage isn’t blowing you away, but he’s a weekly TD threat with a favorable matchup. Fire him up as a TE1 in all formats.
- Over the past three games Jimmy Graham has turned 25 targets into 17 receptions, 170 yards and 1 TD. Considering those numbers and the fact that the Giants have allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends, it’s easy to consider Graham one of the elite options for the coming week. Fire him up as a Top 5 option in all formats.
- Martellus Bennett is already one of the most targeted tight ends and with Brett Hundley under center there’s a good chance that we see more safe passes. While he has just 7 targets over the past two weeks, at a position filled with questions he’s worth considering as a low-end TE1.
- After low usage the first few weeks Austin Hooper has been targeted 16 times over the past two weeks. Part of his opportunity will be dependent on the health of the wide receivers, but the Patriots have been susceptible to opposing tight ends (fourth most points per week) including allowing 5 TD. Recent chances plus a favorable matchup is going to equal a good gamble to take.
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